Written by Pat Grace Thursday, 25 June 2009 17:21
There has been a new front gate at Plandome Pond Park in Plandome Heights and the fences have been upgraded and painted. And, on June 4, a brand new sign was installed.
Councilman Fred Pollack explained, “ The town has had the park for about a year, since April 2009, and during that time has been working with Mayor Diana Merenda and with past mayor Marion Endrezzi to enhance the park.” Pollack also pointed out that the benches, in need of repair, will ultimately be replaced with new ones similar to others in town owned parks—more comfortable, and with backs.
Kevin Limongelli has worked in the town sign shop for over 27 years, and been in charge for the past eight to nine. He oversaw the construction of the new sign, and was present on June 4 to secure it in the park.
John Darcy, deputy commissioner of parks for the town and primarily responsible for Clark Garden, said it has been a cooperative effort between the Town of North Hempstead and the Village of Plandome Heights that began about four years ago when dialogue was initiated with all the players— councilman, supervisor, mayor, Marion Endrezzi, highway and parks department.
Darcy explained all the plants were provided by Clark Garden, and are, therefore, locally grown. Town horticulturist Jennifer Ulsheiner advises on the plantings with town employee Sal Siminerio, who assists her, and who commented that they have selected plantings that should attract wildlife. And, noted Darcy, all work has been done organically, because “children play here.”
During the clean up phase, beautiful weeping willows were removed due to disease but new trees have been planted, hawthorns as well as others and some pond cypress have been ordered.
The highway department, under the direction of Supervisor Tom Tiernan, replaced the flow pipe beneath the pond, refurbished some sections of pipe and unclogged others. Since the completion of that work, flooding in the Brookside Drive area of the Village of Plandome has ceased.
Endrezzi, as former mayor and current chair of the Planning Board, was asked to represent village interests in reference to the transfer of the park from Nassau County to the town and has been co-ordinating, over the past year, with Darcy on the work being done on the restoration and maintenance of the park.
Councilman Pollack encourages all local residents to begin enjoying the partially refurbished passive park.